Three women accused of stealing a baby stroller from a New Jersey retail store reportedly left behind something crucial while they fled: one of their children.
The trio was gone for almost six minutes before they realized they had forgotten the child and one of the accomplices returned to the store to collect them, according to local station WLNY.
The alleged theft occurred at the family-owned Bambi Baby, a retail store in Middletown. The three women walked into the store earlier this month, before two of the women began to distract the store’s employee.
In surveillance footage posted to the store’s Facebook page, the third woman can be seen folding up a stroller and then casually walking straight out the front door with the stroller — without her child.
“Walked in with friends and her child stole the stroller and left her kid behind!!!! Unreal,” the post said.
The store’s manager Justin later told WABC that although he initially noticed the stroller was gone he didn’t want to jump to any conclusions until he was able to view the store’s surveillance footage. After confirming the stroller had been taken, one of the women walked back into the store.
"And then right before I called the cops, the girl had come walking back in to retrieve the child. And at that point after she had walked out, I said, 'Hey, I'm pretty sure you guys stole my stroller. I'd like it back.' And she just kind of ran off, and at that point I dialed 911,” he said.
The store’s owner Enelio Ortega told WLNY that although he was concerned about the theft of the stroller— which retailed for about $300 — he found it more troubling that the suspects were so preoccupied by shoplifting they forgot their own child.
“What I take major offense to is the children. Don’t do that with your children,” he said. “If you need to steal for a living, that’s a personal problem, that’s a personal issue. But when you bring children that have no idea what’s going on, that affected me. That’s why I’m sharing [the video] as much as possible.”
Police were later able to identify and arrest two of the women, Maryann Cash, 23, and Nan McCarthy, 20, both from England. Ironically, the stroller Ortega says they stole is an English stroller that would be cheaper overseas.
The women are facing charges of shoplifting and conspiracy. The third woman remains at large.
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to contact authorities.
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